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On the last Friday of every month, hundreds of cyclists converge underneath Waterloo Bridge to take part in a fun-packed Critical Mass bike ride around London.

Cyclists meet up around 6.30 and the enjoy a leisurely amble around the sights and streets of London.

Here’s a small collection of photos taken from the rides over the years.

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ABOUT CRITICAL MASS

WHAT’S IS ALL ABOUT?
Critical Mass is often described as an ‘unorganised coincidence’. It happens when a lot of cyclists happen to be in the same place at the same time and decide to cycle the same way together for a while

WHAT’S THE PURPOSE?
“Everyday, all over the world, people are resisting the problem culture of the car by getting on their bikes and riding, instead of driving.

Critical Mass is a celebration of the alternatives to cars, pollution, accidents and the loss of public spaces and freedoms.

Not an organisation or group, but an idea or tactic, Critical Mass allows people to reclaim cities with their bikes, just by getting together and out-numbering the cars on the road”

WHAT HAPPENS ON A CRITICAL MASS?
Each one is different and they follow no set route, with the direction being spontaneously chosen as people cycle along. Anyone is free to join or leave the ride as it pedals along.

The ride lasts no more than a couple of hours (depending on the weather!) and usually ends in a conveniently placed pub for more drinks.

Most all, they are peaceful, safe and fun!

DO I NEED A BIKE?
Nope! Critical Mass is not just for bikes – skateboards, roller blades, wheelchairs, pogo sticks – in fact any form of non-motorised, non-polluting transport are all very welcome!

FIND OUT MORE
Check out the excellent Critical Mass, London site

LEGAL GUFF:
This site is for information purposes only and we are in no way involved with organising Critical Mass. We agree that it’s far better to fill the city with smoky cars and travel slower than a sleepy sloth in lead boots than to offer clean reliable public transport and encourage pollution-free cyclists.

Critical Mass, London UK, photos of the monthly protest by cyclists reclaiming the streets of London, starting at Waterloo Bridge

Critical mass photos

Critical Mass: taking to the streets!

WHAT’S IS ALL ABOUT?
Critical Mass is often described as an ‘unorganised coincidence’. It happens when a lot of cyclists happen to be in the same place at the same time and decide to cycle the same way together for a while

WHAT’S THE PURPOSE?
“Everyday, all over the world, people are resisting the problem culture of the car by getting on their bikes and riding, instead of driving.

Critical Mass is a celebration of the alternatives to cars, pollution, accidents and the loss of public spaces and freedoms.

Not an organisation or group, but an idea or tactic, Critical Mass allows people to reclaim cities with their bikes, just by getting together and out-numbering the cars on the road”

WHAT HAPPENS ON A CRITICAL MASS?
Each one is different and they follow no set route, with the direction being spontaneously chosen as people cycle along. Anyone is free to join or leave the ride as it pedals along.

The ride lasts no more than a couple of hours (depending on the weather!) and usually ends in a conveniently placed pub for more drinks.

Most all, they are peaceful, safe and fun!

DO I NEED A BIKE?
Nope! Critical Mass is not just for bikes – skateboards, roller blades, wheelchairs, pogo sticks – in fact any form of non-motorised, non-polluting are all very welcome!

FIND OUT MORE
Check out the excellent Critical Mass, London site

LINKS

LEGAL GUFF:
This site is for information purposes only and we are in no way involved with organising Critical Mass. We agree that it’s far better to fill the city with smoky cars and travel slower than a sleepy sloth in lead boots than to offer clean reliable public transport and encourage pollution-free cyclists.

UK CRITICAL MASSES
Note: Rides subject to cancellation/ change – be sure to check before jumping on your bike! Please mail us if our information needs updating.

BRIGHTON Critical Mass Brighton bike rides meet at the Level (BN2 3FX) on the last Friday of every month at 6pm More info

Central London
Last Friday of every month
huge cyclist’s protest through central London. Meet up at 6-7pm on the Southbank near Waterloo Roundabout, London. More info.

West London 2nd Friday in the month, Shepherds Bush Green, opposite the Empire Theatre at 6.00

BIRMINGHAM 1st Fri, St Phillip’s Cathedral, 5.30pm » more info

CARDIFF
Last Sat of every month, noon, Museum steps near the Cardiff university union (Park Place).

DUBLIN, IRELAND
Last Fri of month, meet Garden of Rememberance, Parnell Square, 6pm.

Edinburgh last Fri 5.30pm corner of Charlotte Square nearest Queensferry Street.
*** Now cancelled – see thread.

GLASGOW last Sat, Byres Rd/ Uni Ave, 2pm

GUILDFORD last Fri, meet BR, 5.15pm

LEEDS last Friday of every month, 5:30pm
Meet Millennium Square, opposite the Brotherton Wing of the Hospital. Leeds city center.

MANCHESTER Meet last Friday of the month, 6pm at the Central Library

NEWCASTLE first Saturday of every month at St Thomas Church, 12 noon, St.Thomas Church, nr. Haymarket, Newcastle
Mailing list: http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/critical.mass

NOTTINGHAM 4th Fri, Market Sq, 5.15pm

SHEFFIELD 5.30pm on the last Friday of every month on the concourse of Sheffield University Student’s Union, Western Bank, S10.

SOUTHEND second Friday of the month, assembling at 6pm outside WHSmiths’ at the top of the High Street. (207 High Street, SS1 1LN) [email protected]

Southampton Third Friday of every month 6pm.

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Critical Mass, reports and photos of the monthly protests by cyclists reclaiming the streets all over the UK ]]>